The charity fire walk organised by Parkinson’s Support  Fermanagh and held at Enniskillen Rugby Club last Saturday evening was a huge success.

To date £17,500 has been raised in donations for this self funding local charity, with more donations yet to be added in. Nuala Lilley and Mark Corrigan, who organised the event and whose Dads both suffer with Parkinson’s are delighted with the response that the event has received. “The kindness and generosity of family, friends and strangers have been unbelievable” said Nuala, “ We seemed to have captured people’s imagination in running the event and we were helped in so many ways by so many people, it really was incredible. Mark and I  want to thank sincerely everyone that was involved in any way whatsoever, but especially the brave men and women who joined us in walking on fire! Every one who walked also had the opportunity to walk on glass as part of the preparation, so I hope all concerned went home feeling that they had accomplished something unique! I know I certainly did  I suppose it was one of those once in a life time opportunities that once complete, you’re really glad you did.”

Over 1000 people gathered at The Rugby Club to cheer on family and friends who had volunteered themselves to take on the challenge. A barbeque provided by Phair Grylls, gelato ice cream from Lilley’s Centra which as usual included a few flavours made up especially for the occasion, bouncy castles, a coconut shy and of course hospitality at the Rugby Club bar ensured there was entertainment for all while spectators awaited the main event. The walkers meanwhile were taken into preparation training with Stephen Brown from “Fire walking Ireland”. Then to the sound of drumbeat provided by Tempo Silver Band the walkers emerged to the fire side to take up their challenge. Everyone successfully completed the task including Hugh Boyd and Andy Howard, both Parkinson’s sufferers and members of Parkinson’s Support Fermanagh. Catriona Duffy also bravely walked the hot terrain in a special memory and tribute to her Dad, Jim O Rourke, an active member of the committee of Parkinson’s Support Fermanagh and himself a Parkinson’s sufferer, who sadly died since she volunteered to take up the challenge for him.

The Rugby club bar then became a hive of social activity as walkers and supporters alike gathered to congratulate themselves and enjoy a well earned beverage or two! Seamus Mc Ginley provided a disco free of charge that went on into the small hours and that brought many on a trip down memory lane of a good night out at Enniskillen Rugby Club!

Nuala and Mark would like to extend special thanks to Corinna Power and all those involved from Enniskillen Rugby Club for providing the excellent venue for the evening and for all the preparations that were made in advance to facilitate the event. Special thanks also to The Enniskillen jets who marked the start of the fire walk with a special performance,  Martin Owens and Barry Jackson from Tempo Silver Band, and Seamus Mc Ginley and Pat Mc Caffrey for providing the entertainment throughout the evening.

The evening has raised very essential funds for Parkinson’s Support Fermanagh but also has raised awareness of the local charity and of Parkinson’s disease in general.